ALCC releases 2016 legislative priorities Email


ALCC advocacy update

ALCC has announced its legislative priorities for 2016. You can follow the development of these issues in real time at The priorities are:

H-2B program experiencing delays Email
Monday, January 18, 2016 12:00 AM

H-2B myths vs. factsThe following was posted last week by the US Department of Labor Office of Foreign Labor Certification regarding the H-2B visa program:

The Department's Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) is making this public service announcement to employers who participate in the H-2B temporary nonagricultural visa program. We have received a number of inquiries and correspondence concerning recent changes and delays in processing H-2B applications at the Chicago National Processing Center (NPC). The Department takes your concerns seriously and strives to support U.S. small businesses, consumers, and communities.

Response to EPA announcement regarding imidacloprid Email
Friday, January 15, 2016 10:00 AM


National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) had the following response to a recent EPA announcement:

Last week EPA announced a preliminary pollinator risk assessment for the neonicotinoid insecticide, imidacloprid, which shows a potential threat to hives when the pesticide comes in contact with certain crops that attract pollinators. The assessment was highly preliminary and simplistic and the focus was primarily on agricultural crops. Nevertheless, we are concerned because EPA could go beyond the targeted crops listed to include the landscape site and landscape plant application rates.

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Regulatory Update: Pesticide Applicators' Act Email
Friday, January 15, 2016 12:00 AM


Pesticide applicationThe Pesticide Applicators’ Act (S.B. 15-119), renewed in early 2015, included new provisions on training for limited commercial and public applicators. Those new regulations are now in effect (as of January 1, 2016). They are:

House to vote disapproval of WOTUS rule Email
Tuesday, January 12, 2016 12:00 AM


Waters of the United StatesNALP issued the followed call-to-action regarding S. 1140 (Federal Water Quality Protection Act):

Please take a few minutes to once again send a letter to your Representatives related to Waters of the United States rule promulgated by EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. 

This week, the House of Representatives is expected to take up S. J. Resolution 22, to disapprove the WOTUS rule using the authority of the Congressional Review Act (CRA). The Senate passed this measure in November. The resolution would nullify the WOTUS rule. 

While President Obama will veto the measure, the fact that both the House and Senate passed the resolution will send yet another strong message to the Administration about opposition to the rule. More importantly, a strong vote by Congress could be raised in the various legal challenges to the rule to demonstrate that EPA and the Corps’ action is an example of regulatory overreach. 

Earlier this year, United States Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit recently issued a nationwide preliminary injunction that prevents EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) from implementing the rule while the court reviews the various legal matters raised in the lawsuit. The legal maneuverings in that case and others continue. 

Thank you for your engagement on this important issue. 

Previously on the LAB:
WOTUS Resolution Passes Senate, Moves to House
Clean water rule injunction extended nationwide
What is a WOTUS?

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